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Shocking details are being released from officials in Hollywood, Florida, which became the scene of national scrutiny this morning as local reports reveal at least eight elderly patients of the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills nursing facility are confirmed dead. The bodies were discovered by local police and emergency officials responding to calls for help…

It is said that these days Americans are living longer than ever before. Today, adult children have different challenges than their parents did. With seniors living well into their 80s, 90s, and beyond, sons and daughters are doing everything they can to help their elderly parents remain independent. From buying them homes without second stories,…

Bedsores, also known as pressure ulcers, refer to an injury to the skin and the skin’s underlying tissues. As the name indicates, bedsores or pressure ulcers are caused by having pressure against the skin for a prolonged period of time. Usually, bedsores develop around bony areas of the body where there is little muscle and…

According to the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA), “Experts have reported that knowledge about elder abuse lags as much as two decades behind the fields of child abuse and domestic violence.” The NCEA contends that we have an urgent need for more research, and we couldn’t agree more. Elder abuse or nursing home abuse…

In 2015, an article ran in the Palm Beach Post saying ,“If you plan on retiring soon, Florida is the place to be.” In the Aug. 30, 2015 article, the Post’s staff writer discussed how WalletHub compared 150 of the largest cities in the United States based on affordability, the number of activities, healthcare, and…

It’s not often we come across incidents of sexual abuse or sexual assault occurring between residents at a nursing facility, but it does happen. Take the recent media coverage of one Louis Lawson, an 87-year old man who was caught by staff sexually assaulting an unidentified 94-year old facility resident. Investigators with the state agency…

Last month, the official U.S. website for Medicare (Medicare.gov) significantly altered the scoring method used for measuring ratings of the nation’s nursing homes in its vast online database and comparison tool, Nursing Home Compare. Following the changes of the scoring model rolled out in February of 2015, more than 60% of nursing homes saw their…

This summer was a busy one for the owners of Avante at Boca Raton, Inc., the operators of the skilled nursing home of the same name in central Boca Raton. On four different visits from field office representatives of the Agency for Health Care Administration, or AHCA, the governing regulatory body of all heath care…

West Palm Beach, FL area nursing homes can be dangerous places for residents as well as visitors. Falling in a Florida nursing home can lead to massive medical complications, ranging from simple but annoying (e.g., sprained ankle or hip) to catastrophic (e.g., uncontrolled bleeding, traumatic brain injury, spinal damage, etc…). South Florida is a popular…

Mistreatment of our elderly loved ones in nursing homes and similar facilities, including assisted living facilities and hospitals, has become an epidemic in our country. Instances of nursing home abuse and neglect are at an all-time high, and we expect the numbers of cases of abuse and neglect to be even higher because so many…

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